Sailing the Nullarbor – The specs

The Nullarbor Plain (/ˈnʌləbɔːr/ nul-ə-bor; Latin: nullus, “no”, and arbor, “tree”[1]) is part of the area of flat, almost treeless, arid or semi-arid country of southern Australia, located on the Great Australian Bight coast with the Great Victoria Desert to its north. It is the world’s largest single exposure of limestone bedrock, and occupies an area of about 200,000 square kilometres (77,000 sq mi).[2] At its widest point, it stretches about 1,100 kilometres (684 mi) from east to west across the border between South Australia and Western Australia. (Wikipedia)

Our journey East to West

Map of our drive.jpg

Our return journey West to East

reutrn journey map.jpg

Nearest Major Cities

Adelaide and Perth

Actual Nullarbor Distance

2,000 kilometres

Mode of Transport

Car, Walk, Motorcycle, Run,
Bicycle, Horse – anyway at all really!

While the Nullarbor is technically from Ceduna to Perth or Perth to Ceduna (depending if you chose to travel from east to west or west to east), mum and I decided to start our Nullarbor Adventure from Melbourne – where mum fly in from Brisbane.

This was a fantastic adventure, not quite what we thought it would be – and we loved every minute.

Mum and I took 22 days to sail across the Nullarbor and beyond. As you will see from my other adventures, my mother and I often holiday together. I really enjoy it. It has been fantastic to see our relationship change and mature over the years and the older I get the more I treasure these moments with my mum.

So, the Nullarbor has always been on mums’ bucket list and I just love driving long distances especially here in Australia as the diversity of scenery, flatness of the land and the never ending cloudless sky (out back style) never ceases to amaze me.

Australia is a beautiful country, from the gum trees to black boys to the red dirt (which isn’t that great when you live around it). Generally speaking the weather is fantastic and the people are pretty good – the same as every other group of people around the world really, some nice, some not so much.

Mum normally chooses where we go and I do all the planning which suits us both to a T. I don’t really mind where we holiday, I just want to be with my mum and mum doesn’t enjoy doing any of the planning and this is where I come into my own – I love planning holidays. I will plan everything down to the last Item, however I don’t stress if plans change – I’ll just make another 🙂

Anyway back to the Nullarbor…Our itinerary:

Day 1
5 Oct 2013
 Melbourne to Ararat 205 km Day 2 
6 Oct 2013
 Ararat to Adelaide 522 km
Day 3
7 Oct 2013
 Shop and check our gear Day 4
8 Oct 2013
Adelaide to Ceduna 778 km
Day 5
9 Oct 2013
Ceduna to Eucla 493 km Day 6
10 Oct 2013
  Eucla to Esperance 913 km
Day 7
11 Oct 2013
 Chill out Day 8
12 Oct 2013
 Day spa – Mani/Pedi
Day 9
13 Oct 2013
 Shopping Day 10
14 Oct 2013
 Esperance to Albany 482 km
Day 11
15 Oct 2013
 Albany to Busselton 339 km Day 12
16 Oct 2013
 Wine and beer tasting
Day 13
17 Oct 2013
 Chocolate and Nougat tasting Day 14
18 Oct 2013
 Shopping
Day 15
19 Oct 2013
 Busselton to New Norcia
350 km
Day 16
20 Oct 2013
 Nature watching and Monk bread tasting
Day 17
21 Oct 2013
 New Norcia to Kalgoorlie
597 km
Day 18
22 Oct 2013
 Kalgoorlie to Madura Pass
713 km 
Day 19
23 Oct 2013
 Madura Pass to Ceduna 
674 km
Day 20
24 Oct 2013
Ceduna to Ethelton 
772 km
Day 21
25 Oct 2013
 Relax and get ready for the trip home Day 22
26 Oct 2013
 Ethelton to Adelaide Airport 
14.8 km

Interesting Nullarbor facts

 

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